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Mirth and Madness

*This article was originally published in the December 1961 issue. At no other time of the year does the behavior of the American people as closely approach insanity as at Christmas. One glance at a red-colored date, five sixths of the way through the December calendar, and an entire nation lurches into incredible activity. Like […]

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The Covenant Request of the Honorable Jabez

“And Jabez was more honorable than his brethren:  and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. “And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep […]

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Comments on Forsaken

With Jane’s approval, I add to her moving article on marriage, divorce, and remarriage what she herself could not comfortably write. When she was cruelly and wickedly abandoned and then divorced by her husband, she was assailed by especially two powerful temptations.  One was despair.  Using her distress, and for a woman, especially a young […]

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Christianizing the World? (6)

In the preceding article in this series, I contrasted the kingdom-life of doctrinal, ecclesiastical, and spiritual Calvinists in all the spheres with the cultural-Calvinists’ dream of Christianizing the world. What now is the expectation of us citizens of the kingdom of God in Jesus Christ?  What is our expectation with regard to the kingdom of […]

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Christianizing the World (5)

Rejection of the (impossible) project of Christianizing the world by a (fictitious) common grace of God in no wise implies an Anabaptistic flight from the world.  The Reformed Christian who heeds God’s call in Scripture, rather than Abraham Kuyper’s in Lectures on Calvinism, lives a kingdom-life by the grace and Spirit of Jesus Christ in […]

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Christianizing the World? (4)

In this installment in the series examining the crusade in Reformed and evangelical circles in North America to Christianize the world, I present the kingdom alternative of genuine Calvinism.  Rejection of the project of common grace to influence the culture of the world does not imply rejection of the calling of the Christian to live […]

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Christianizing the World? (3)

Those who promote the Christianizing of the world as the duty of the church and of the Christian present the project as the coming of the kingdom of God in the world.  The Christian colleges that are on this bandwagon beat the drum of the coming of the kingdom.  Not much is heard of church […]

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Christianizing the World? (2)

In my previous article in this magazine, I described the project of Christianizing the world—a project in which many Reformed people are engaged. It is, however, not only Reformed people who have taken on this project.  Many prominent evangelicals in the United States have also signed on. But Protestant Reformed young people are confronted with […]

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Christianizing the World? (1)

Is this the calling of the church? Is this the calling of the Reformed young man or woman? Is this the purpose of the Christian education of Reformed young people, especially of the higher education of Reformed young people? If we are to believe the Christian Reformed Church, especially its high schools and colleges, including […]

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